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Holidays at Tirol’s most beautiful mountain farms

For city dwellers more familiar with billowing fumes and thick smog, the smell of fresh cow dung and hay drying conjures up associations with nature, country living and total relaxation. There is no better place to experience nature at first hand than on a Farmstead Holiday in Tirol.

The cry of the cockerel at sunrise, the sound of cowbells jangling on the mountain pastures, the aroma of freshly baked bread emerging from the oven – holidays in the countryside are the best way to escape the hectic schedule of daily life and get back to nature. That is why we have put together a selection of farms in Tirol which offer visitors a chance enjoy peace and quiet in stunning natural surroundings far from civilisation. Each farmstead is unique in its own way. For example, the Tassenbacherhof has a huge modern holiday apartment the size of three large flats. At the Kräuterbauernhof Sagenschneider’s, guests can explore the enchanting world of herbs in the company of a trained herb expert. Many of the farms presented – such as the Tiefhof, which lies on an ancient smugglers’ trail – enjoy isolated locations high up in the mountains. And what you do on holiday is, of course, entirely up to you. Whether you decide to sleep in or rise early to help the farmer milk the cows, a farmstead holiday will leave you refreshed and revitalised.

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With fresh air and fine views, local attractions and great fresh food, farmstays provide Tirol country living at its best. You will find Farmstay Tirol signs outside 400 working farms all across the country. Farm holidays are fun for the whole family, especially when the children can get involved with various activities. Child-friendly farmstays provide lots of hands on experiences for children. Kids get to hunt for eggs for breakfast, feed the goats and watch the cows being milked - and that's before lunch! It's a relaxing and fun-filled family holiday.

19 of the 400 Tirol farmstay farms take pride in offering child friendly holidays with little ones free to run around in safe child-friendliness: In peaceful locations, off the main roads and surrounded by lovingly tended gardens, wonderful playground facilities and a host of friendly farm animals, they are brimming with everyday necessities for little ones. Education is the main advantage of a farmstay experience, although your kids won’t think of it as learning because they’ll be having too much fun. The farmers lead mini-guests on their morning rounds hand feeding the animals and collecting the eggs – the highlight of many a junior guest’s stay!

The best child-friendly farms in Tirol

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Arzl im Pitztal Ferienhof Raich, Leins in Pitztal Valley

Families enjoy adventure filled holidays at the childhood home of Olympic ski champion, Benni Raich, baking stone baked bread and with tractor rides to the Leiner Alm.

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Arzl im Pitztal Berghof Thöni, Leins in Pitztal Valley

The day starts with an early morning visit to the chicken coop and breakfast tastes even better with freshly milked cow’s milk. Wonderful holidays on Berghof Thöni.

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Arzl im Pitztal Kinderbauernhof (Kids farm) Ierzerhof, Wald in Pitztal Valley

Children’s eyes light up when they receive their very own farming diploma after a holiday at the Kinderbauernhof Ierzerhof children’s farm.

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Arzl i.P. Kinderbauernhof (kids farm) Albeineler, Wald in Pitztal Valley

Learn how delicious juice made from apples is, look for eggs in a chicken’s nest and saddle up a pony: There is much to experience at the Kinderbauernhof Albeineler.

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Arzl im Pitztal Bauernhof Leneler

Whether harvesting hay or potatoes, helping in the barn or enjoying an entertaining tractor ride: It is never boring at the Bauernhof Leneler Farm in Pitztal.

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Jerzens Landhaus Raich

At Landhaus Raich everyone is given their own chicken nest, the little ones can scamper around in the adventure barn, bake bread and take care of the farm animals.

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Help with stable work and tending to the animals, take the holiday express up to the alpine farm: Families can look forward to lots of fun and adventure at Hochzeigerblick.

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Family Lechleitner Your gumboots are ready and waiting. After all, there is a lot to be done in the stables and fields. At the end of their holidays, the little helpers receive a diploma.

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Gemma’s daughter with cows at Wolfseggstall.

Pastures new: a family farmstay in Austrian Tirol

Our writer thinks her family are not really ‘animal people’ but a stay on an organic farm, with rabbits, ponies, llamas and hens, could just change her mind

H ay fever. Animal allergies. Arachnophobia. Sensitive skin. I should have paid more attention to my personal hindrances before saying that I liked the sound of sleeping in the hay barn at Wolfseggstall, a small organic farm in Austria’s eastern Tirol. It looked so winsomely appealing on the tourist board website, with images of cherub-cheeked poppets in toddler-size lederhosen beaming from neat piles of golden hay. What great fun for all the family! What an antithesis to modern life!

But in the gloaming outside the more practical than romantic-looking barn, I was having second thoughts. The farmer pulled back the doors to reveal a tractor surrounded by mounds of hay and cobwebs, so many cobwebs that they hung down in grassy clumps like Spanish moss. The scent of diesel mingled with the pong of the pigs. Sylvia, our farmer host, laughed, “Oh yes, there are spiders here, probably thousands of them!”

Our eyes grew wide. I asked our kids, aged two and four, if they would like to sleep there. “Never, ever!” So I was left to politely reverse out of the situation and agree that we’d spend all our nights, as booked, in our apartment in the farm’s cute chalet-style guesthouse.

So the bucolic joy of sleeping in a hay barn was not for us – although Sylvia and her husband Georg insisted lots of older children adore it, spending night after night on the bales. But there were plenty of other reasons to come to this lovely little farm.

the picturesque farmhouse at Going

Set on grassy slopes below the striking massif of the Wilder Kaiser – a mountain chain whose crags are said to resemble the profiles of past kaisers – this small-scale homestead fulfilled our desire for a relaxing break in a gorgeous setting, with a few animals and farm activities to entertain the kids.

There was a shed of pigs to feed (“too stinky!”), a pony to ride (“bit scary!”), eggs to collect from the hens (very exciting), and countless rabbits and guinea pigs for petting, stroking and possibly a bit too much squeezing. A complete immersive Old Macdonald experience this was not, but we are not massive animal people, so it was enough.

Those yearning for a more full-on farm stay with all the manure mucking, butter churning and trotter fiddling that might entail will find a huge choice in Urlaub am Bauernhof , the Austria-wide collection of 2,350 audited farm stays.

We opted for farming-lite, spending the first afternoon (and many more, too) on the long veranda, letting the sunshine and good Austrian white wine sink into our souls while the youngsters made circuits of the swings and sand pit, the ride-on tractors and the ropes dangling from apple trees, wandering over occasionally to speak to Flora the pony or giggle at the stinky pigs.

Gemma’s children at play on the farm.

In truth our apartment, in a separate building to the family’s old chalet, was rather plain and functional, but a great breakfast of the farm’s own bread, cheese, milk and eggs was served in the communal dining room, and it was a jolly base for ventures into what is a fantastic region for families.

We were just outside the small resort of Going (yeah, all the jokes), which with neighbouring Ellmau, Scheffau and Soll make up the Ski Welt ski area in winter, with Kitzbühel not far away. The Wilder Kaiser may lack the high peaks of the western Alps, but its silvery limestone faces, skirted by pine forest, have a dramatic beauty, and in a brilliant stroke, the region has built nature-based amusement parks at the tops of the ski lifts to entice summer visitors.

We rode Ellmau’s cable car to 1,555 metres to play at Ellmi’s Zauberwelt (a name our kids still chant with excitement seven months on). It’s an extensive playground of slides, sand, diggers, water play and a spooky treasure trail with audio effects.

Likewise, Söll has Hexenwasser, a witch- and water-themed park where broomsticks replace skis in the gondola ski racks on the way up. We abandoned our shoes to follow a barefoot trail across the mountain, hobbling over pebbles, squelching through troughs of oozy mud and paddling through streams, trying to get the kids to skip at least some of the 60 water play features.

Substantial parenting efforts made, we rewarded ourselves with beers at the mountain inns, and even these had the kids’ interests at heart. At home, a child-friendly pub might mean minimal broken glass on the floor and some bashed-up board games, but the Wochenbrunn was a real bobby dazzler. Handily located above our farm, it had deer, mechanical tractors to ride, a chalet playhouse, a massive trampoline, and a climbing wall.

We oldsters sat on the sunny terraces overlooking the valley, guzzling pitchers of beer and plates of Käsespätzle (cheesy noodles) and Kaiserschmarren (fluffy shredded pancakes). Can this be transported back to Peckham please? My life would be much improved.

A cute llama makes a country walk much more fun with the writer's daughter

One thing we do have in Peckham – or a few miles away at the Horniman Museum’s animal walk – is llamas, but being handed a lead to take our very own beast for a walk from Koglhof llama farm was a very different prospect. Disobedient but with irresistible Disney eyelashes and fluffable fur, Samba was gorgeous enough to get the kids to complete a two-hour group llama trek into the forested foothills, which didn’t look so different from a Peruvian hilltop that misty day.

Perhaps we could be animal people after all. We had certainly learned to appreciate trips back to the farm to pat the animals as relaxed interludes within jam-packed days. After dinner we would take dark walks under the stars before falling asleep in the warm air, listening to moos and neighs – but undisturbed by ticklish dreams of tarantulas or the sound of sneezing.

The trip was provided by the Tirol tourist board . The Wolfseggstall farm ’s two-bedroom apartments start at €38pp per night (four sharing), excluding meals. For details of this and other Austrian farm stays visit farmholidays.com . The nearest airport/train station is Munich, a 90-minute drive away. Car hire was provided by Sixt . For more information, see visittirol.co.uk , austria.info and wilderkaiser.info

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“When it comes to the environment,” says Alfred Strigl, deputy director of the Austrian Institute for Sustainability, “Austrians are top of Europe and top of the world.” Being green, he explains, has always come naturally to his countrymen. “We are the aborigines of Europe. We have a broad traditional knowledge of natural topics that comes from a conservative way of life – the farmers, hunters and forest men – that has been handed down from generation to generation. We know how to read the landscapes. We know about the cycle of life, to listen to the wind and to pay attention to the seasons and the way the herbs grow, the birds, the mushrooms and so on.”

It is the combination of what he calls this “aristocratic” green sensibility along with a new environmental awareness triggered by global warming and globalization that makes Austria the world’s most environmentally friendly country today, continues Strigl. “Seventy per cent of our power comes from alternative energy,” he says. “And 60 per cent of all waste is recycled. We are a recycling world master. It’s been like this for ten years, and there’s not much more we can do to make it better.”

But when it comes to eco-tourism, Austria’s deep-rooted environmental awareness has perhaps let it down. While other destinations have been quick to tell the world about their latest sustainable tourism initiatives, Austrians haven’t felt compelled to emphasize what has always been an inherent part of their lives. In fact, Austria is one of the world’s best destinations for sustainable tourism, as recently recognized in the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report.

SUSTAINABLE LUXURY Holidays are a time for relaxing and enjoying oneself, for escaping the everyday grind and endulging in whatever it is you enjoy best, whether it’s gastronomy, history, culture, reading a book in the sun or something more energetic.

However, for the environmentally conscious traveler this can be a problem. We’re told that in order to save the planet we have to be more careful. We have to watch what we use, look out for what we throw away, minimize carbon emissions and so on. With such restrictions, how can there be room for endulgence, relaxation and luxury? If we’re honest about it, most holidays will always weigh in on the negative side of the sustainability equation if we are to have any chance of enjoying ourselves.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. In Austria, a progressive eco-tourism infrastructure allows you to enjoy a perfectly relaxing, endulgent holiday while protecting the planet – effortlessly.

Take Vienna’s Hotel Imperial. Built as a residence for the Prince of Württemberg in 1863, it has always been renowned for its elegant luxury. However, it has recently taken steps to reduce its waste and energy consumption. Recycled, biodegradable paper is standard, as are energy efficient light bulbs. Using hot air from the air-conditioning system and kitchen extractor fans to supplement the central heating has reduced hotel’s energy consumption by five per cent. And water consumption has been cut by the same amount by limiting the flow rate on taps in the bedrooms and kitchens.

Set among stunning forest-clad mountains on the shores of the emerald green Lake Fuschl, the Schloss Fuschl Hotel has more reason that most to look after the environment. Here, the heating and hot water systems are powered by vegetable oil, and the air conditioning system is regulated using water drawn from the bottom of the lake at a year-round 3˚C. “Luxury quite often means wasting energy and producing garbage and things like that,” says general manager Wolfgang Greiner. “In our way I think we’ve found a pretty good [way] to run a luxury property that is environmentally friendly, that is conscious about it and is a true luxury hotel without wasting energy.”

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Heated entirely from thermal springs and designed to blend in with the verdant hills of Styria, the luxury Rogner Bad Blumau hotel and spa shares this idea of maintaining a Styria, the luxury Rogner Bad Blumau hotel and spa shares this idea of maintaining a Styria, the luxury Rogner Bad Blumau hotel and spa shares this idea of maintaining a Styria, the luxury Rogner Bad Blumau hotel and spa shares this idea of maintaining a Styria, the luxury Rogner Bad Blumau hotel and spa shares this idea of maintaining a balance with nature. But it also has a broader, more holistic approach to sustainability that has helped to transform the economy of what was once one of Austria’s poorest communities. “People used to move away from the area to find jobs because they didn’t see any future in the village,” says general manager Hannes Czeitschner. So working with local people has always been an important part of what we do.”

As a result, 80 per cent of the food served – including milk, cheese and yoghurt, as well as fruit and vegetables, beef, honey and pumpkin seed oil – comes from local farmers, all of whom now work to organic standards. And 90 per cent of the staff come from within a 50-km radius. “It’s all part of the same idea really,” continues Czeitschner, “to integrate what we are doing here harmoniously, whether we’re talking about the architecture and the local landscape, energy consumption and climate change or the business and the local economy.”

AFFORDABLE SUSTAINABILITY In the UK, sustainability and environmental awareness often seem to be the preserve of the priveledged. But in Austria, there are a huge number and variety of affordable places to stay – from B&Bs and guesthouses to campsites and mountain huts – for the environmentally conscious visitor.

More than 180 have achieved the standards of the Östereichische Umweltzeichen – Austrian Eco-label – a government run scheme that attaches particular importance to efficient waste and energy management, easy-to-use recycling systems, minimizing the use of packaging and using seasonal, local, organic food, sustainable materials in bedrooms and ‘soft chemistry’ to clean bathrooms.

It’s the same story up in the mountains. In fact, Austria has the largest number of eco- friendly mountain huts of any country in Europe. The 40-bed Adolf Nossberger hut in Carinthia’s Schober Mountains is one of 63 that have achieved the prestigious Austrian Alpine Association’s Seal of Environmental Excellence. It uses solar-charged batteries to power low-energy light bulbs, sustainably sourced wood for heating and a combination of filtration and composting to process toilet waste.

It goes without saying that owner Roland Hummer sources food from local suppliers and minimizes the amount of packaging that he uses. However, it seems he will stop at nothing in his quest for sustainability: during the summer months, he lugs 20kg of supplies up the mountain three times a week in order to reduce the number of helicopter flights needed to supply the hut.

For many Austrians who have a traditional respect for the environment, remaining close to nature is an integral part of protecting it, and there are countless opportunities to experience Austria’s natural beauty and a traditional way of life.

Farm Holidays in Austria, for example, offers strung-out city dwellers the chance to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature. “Our farm holidays enable visitors to experience a slower pace of life,” says Patricia Lutz, marketing executive at Farm Holidays in Austria, “where people still make bread, cheese and butter in the traditional way and live their lives according to rhythms of nature – dictated by their animals, the seasons, the weather and so on.” There are almost 900 organic farms to choose from, including 77 health and wellness farms and another 87 where sustainability is to a high standard.

Of course, one of Austria’s major attractions is its extraordinary natural beauty. And with more than 60 per cent of its landscape covered by forests, wetlands and grasslands and almost 30 per cent of it protected, there are no shortage of opportunities to experience this first hand. Visitors to the Great Walser Valley Biosphere Reserve in the western province of Vorarlberg, for example, can not only enjoy superb high Alpine hiking in summer and skiing in winter, but also enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of picturesque villages such as Sonntag and Fontanella where local residents maintain a peaceful, traditional way of life in perfect harmony with nature.

ECO INFRASTRUCTURE However, the idea of sustainable tourism goes beyond simply offering you a low impact hotel. Several Austrian towns and villages are promoting the concept of car-free holidays and low-traffic or vehicle-free zones. At the Alpine resorts of Werfenweng, Neukirchen am Grossvenediger and Hinterstoder, for example, subsidised shuttle buses are on hand to transfer visitors to and from the train station and hiking and cycling trails. Solar powered cars and electric bicycles can be hired at minimal cost, and guests are also provided with free mobile phones with which to hire taxis.

But it’s not just the tourist resorts which offer opportunities for low-impact travel. Many of Austria’s cities are converting their public transport to clean fuels. Graz in Styria is leading the way, the first city in the world to have converted its entire municipal bus fleet to biodiesel.

Environmentally conscious visitors to Salzburg have it easy in a city where the volume of waste sent to landfill has been reduced from almost 100 per cent to just 15 per cent in the last 15 years. The same is true in Vienna, which aims to reduce the figure to two per cent and where concerts, festivals and other public events now use reusable glasses and cups.

In fact, so high are Austria’s everyday environmental standards, that a break there could redefine the meaning of ecotourism altogether to become the term used to describe a holiday where visitors have an opportunity to find out what life could be like in a world where sustainability is a reality.

Case studies

Grosses Walsertal, a dramatic, V-shaped valley cloaked in forests of ash, beech and fir and lush Alpine meadows of herbs and wildflowers, offers one of the clearest examples of the traditional respect there is for nature throughout rural Austria. Indeed, it was on account of the role its inhabitants play in maintaining its stunning mountainous landscape that the region was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2000.

UNESCO recognised that the key to this finely balanced relationship is dairy farming, which the valley’s inhabitants – the Walser – have practised here ever since they emigrated from Switzerland in the 13th century. “Living here as a farmer is living in a circle, working in a circle,” says Kurt Stark, who manages a traditional dairy in the pretty village of Sontagg and comes from a long line of dairy farmers. “And as long as we keep rearing our cattle and making cheese, we will always have our beautiful meadows.”

Whereas in many parts of the world nature protection is about fencing people out, in Grosses Walsertal the farmers effectively act as landscape gardeners, he explains. “In the summer months, we work hard to manage the high Alpine meadows so that our cattle have the best environment in which to graze.”

This work involves removing seedlings to make sure the forest doesn’t encroach, he continues, and clearing away rocks and boulders that come down during the winter. It certainly seems to pay off. In some of the high pastures, scientists have identified more than 80 different species of wildflower, herbs and grasses in every square metre.

Blick auf das Dachsteinmassiv / von der Reiteralm bei Schladming Steiermark © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Lamm

This diversity in turn supports the local culture. “There is marvelous depth of flavor and a richness in the milk produced by cows grazing up in the high meadows in the summer,” says Elizabeth Burtscher, who has lived in the region for more than 50 years. “And you can taste this in the special character of the butter, yoghurt cheese that we produce here in the valley. It’s like the difference between making a soup with a potato and some salt, and making it with 20 different types of herbs and vegetables.”

Burtscher is one of a growing number of women in the valley who with the support of UNESCO have been reviving another traditional practice: herbalism. Burtscher runs Berg Tee, which sells wonderful herbal tea blends, and offers tours to visitors interested in collecting herbs and wildflowers for their own blends. And the Alchemilla Project is a cooperative of herbalists who make a variety of cosmetic and therapeutic products, including balms, oils and tinctures, as well as foods and drinks.

“The biosphere reserve has helped us retain our natural and cultural heritage here in the valley by supporting the small dairies so the farmers can continue to graze their cattle and manage the landscape, which in turn means we still have these wonderful meadows full of our beautiful wildflowers and herbs.”

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At the farm stay , each unit includes a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. A children's playground is also available at the farm stay , while guests can also relax in the garden. very nice host and superb breakfast.

Set in Mayrhofen, 1.8 km from Congress Zillertal - Europahaus Mayrhofen, Nieslerhof offers accommodation with free bikes, free private parking, a garden and barbecue facilities. The property features mountain and garden views, and is 44 km from Congress Centrum Alpbach. The farm stay has family rooms. This is private house, not a hotel, about 10 minutes by foot from both ski lifts and bus stop to higher areas of the valley (Finkenberg, Hintertux, Schlegeis 131). Large supermarket very close (M-Preis) There are two Nieslerhof houses (both owned by the same family), back to back, which I missed in the darkness of the evening and went directly to the first one, while Margit, the host who is supposed to meet you, usually stays in the second one. But Margit's mother who met me instead was very welcoming and absolutely tolerant to my caveman German language (only Margit speaks English).

Gries im Sellrain

Krapfhof features mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Gries im Sellrain, 28 km from Golden Roof. Guests staying at this farm stay have access to a balcony. The property offers allergy-free units and is situated 28 km from Innsbruck Central Station. Very nice view and lovely hosts. Breakfast were tasty. Everything was very satisfying.

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Located in Dorfgastein and only 16 km from Bad Gastein Railway Station, Wengerbauer provides accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. Featuring room service, this property also provides guests with a picnic area. The property features barbecue facilities and outdoor furniture. Water sports facilities is available on-site and skiing can be enjoyed within close proximity of the farm stay . Friendly owners, place for bikes, good breakfast.

Bauerndörfl Hüttschlag

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At the farm stay , the units come with a desk. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and a hair dryer, units at the farm stay also have free WiFi, while some rooms come with a terrace. The units at the farm stay come with a seating area and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The location is amazing with beautiful views of the mountains and town. It's nice and quiet and has everything you need. There are plenty of things to do nearby if you want to take a break from hiking. Anything from shopping, mini golf, a bow and arrow shooting parkour, ... If you get bored here, it's on you. :)

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Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Gasperlerhof is situated in Neustift im Stubaital, 3.4 km from Ski Lift Neustift. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units have a seating area for your convenience. You will find a coffee machine and a kettle in the room. Very last minute booking, an hour before we arrived. All fantastic.

Kerschbaumerhof

Kerschbaumerhof, a property with barbecue facilities, is located in Schladming, 19 km from Dachstein Skywalk, 40 km from Trautenfels Castle, as well as 44 km from Bischofshofen Train Station. This farm stay provides free private parking and luggage storage space. Guests can make use of the sun terrace or the children's playground, or enjoy views of the mountain and garden. Nice people, clean, perfect servise.

Breakfast buffet, including products from the owner's farm (eggs, curd spread, jam, juices) is served every morning. There is a shared kitchen at the property. Children can help at the on-site farm or play on the children's playground in the well-groomed garden. The hosting family creates amazing atmosphere, we felt welcomed. We were looking forward to chat with Bettina every morning during breakfast.

BIO-Bauernhof Hatzbauer

Maria Alm am Steinernen Meer

You can play table tennis at this farm stay , and the area is popular for skiing. 8er-Gondelbahn Aberg is 400 metres from BIO-Bauernhof Hatzbauer, while 6er-Sesselbahn Schönanger is 1.1 km away. Salzburg W. A. Mozart Airport is 45 km from the property. Breakfast perfect :-), great accommodation, perfect service, nice hosts

Kals am Großglockner

Just a 10-minute walk from the centre of Kals am Großglockner, the Bergerhof is a farmhouse renovated in 2015, offering panoramic views of the Hohe Tauern Mountains. The Großglockner Resort Kals-Matrei Ski Area is 500 metres away. Very nice. View, breakfast, skislopes, kind personell...

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Many families visiting Austrian Alps loved staying at Jokelehof , Ferienparadies Taxen , and Hausebengut .

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Jokelehof , Frühstückspension Birkenhof , and Bergerhof have received great reviews from guests in Austrian Alps about the views from these farm stays

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Couples traveling in Austrian Alps loved staying at Ferienwohnung Berghof Pixner , Feldinggut , and Pension Hedegghof .

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Haus langegger resi, farm stay in wagrain.

8.8 Excellent 10 reviews

The family who owned the farm and the apartment are extremely nice! Place was very clean, well equipped and quite. Every morning hosts were bringing us fresh bread, milk and eggs that was extremely nice :)

Nöglhof

Farm stay in radstadt.

9.4 Wonderful 20 reviews

The Kirchner family were great hosts! Because we arrived so late the grocery store was closed so they arranged breakfast for us. They also helped us up the driveway because my car had problems with the icy driveway. The apartment was clean and spacious, the beds were excellent, and the farm animals were cute and cuddly! It is very close to Radstad and yet it doesn't feel too close to the town. An excellent place to stay!

Almhaus Margit

Farm stay in ebene reichenau.

9.6 Exceptional 16 reviews

This is one of the best apartments I have ever been in. It is big, very beautiful (more than the photo shows) and well-equipped. There are plenty of games and space for the kids,, The owner and her family are very nice. Her husband is a wood artist - which is well-noticed in the decor, The location is a farmhouse up in the mountains - very beautiful and calm.

Haus am Sonnenberg

Farm stay in liesing.

9.7 Exceptional 49 reviews

Our host was remarkable! He is the friendliest person we have ever rented from. He had renovated the beautiful ex-farmhouse with class and quality. It was much larger and better outfitted than we had expected. Everything worked perfectly and the beautiful mountain views made our stay even more wonderful. Thank you.

Vorderstockerhof

Farm stay in sankt johann in tirol.

9.3 Wonderful 26 reviews

Very nice neighborhood (a farm house). Very nice host. Apartment is comfortable.

Tobadillerhof

Farm stay in wenns.

9.4 Wonderful 30 reviews

We just spent 2 night in this very nice farmhouse. The 3 bedrooms apartment was very equipped and offers nice views. We also enjoyed the sauna very much and the little house with playroom and shared room. Andrea was very nice and welcoming with us. There was also an old lady very sweet and smiling always. Andrea spent time showing us the cows and more; she gave us their milk also. We are looking forward to spend more time in Tobadillerhof again in the future. The place is amazing for families with kids really.

Grassbichlhof

Farm stay in altenmarkt im pongau.

9.3 Wonderful 51 reviews

Lovely Quiet, remote farmhouse, half way up Altenmarkt mountain. Owner's son kindly gave me a lift to the apartment & back down again!

Steinerbauer

Farm stay in flachau.

8.7 Excellent 98 reviews

Beautiful location, comfortable beds and great hosts! It was perfect for our family. Our kids loved the animals outside and the trampoline. It was very easy to get to from the main road. We enjoyed our stay at this farmhouse and wish it could have been longer!

Farm Stay in Roppen

9.6 Exceptional 51 reviews

Beautiful authentic farm house, with a history going back to the 1880s. The room is cozy and the beds are comfortable. Angelika is very helpful and approachable, she is always smiling and does her best to make you feel at home. Amazing breakfast full of local delicacies. The garden is also a really beautiful place to walk through.

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From mountain-rimmed Hallstatt to culture-packed Vienna, here are the best places to visit in Austria © zhuyufang / Getty Images

Imagine Austria and your mind might well drift to the lavish palaces and coffeehouses of Vienna , the snow-white peaks of the Tyrolean Alps, the serpentine romance of the Danube and Mozart symphonies ringing out in the baroque concert halls of Salzburg. And if this is your first visit, you’ll undoubtedly want to see all the whole darned lot and more besides. But there is far more to this pocked-sized, landlocked country than at first meets the eye. 

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Few cities move so effortlessly between past and present as Vienna , where Hapsburg emperors ruled the roost for 600 years. The pomp and splendor can be almost overwhelming, as you waltz through vast, exuberantly gilded palaces like the Hofburg and Schönbrunn , tour Klimt-filled galleries like the Upper Belvedere , stroll grand baroque streets, and saunter past follies and Greek gods in landscaped gardens that gaze down upon the city with a kindly eye.

The music of Mozart, Beethoven and that old romantic devil Strauss reverberates in some of the world’s most feted and opulent concert halls: the Musikverein and Staatsoper . And even going for a coffee can be a regal affair at the likes of chandelier-lit Café Central , where all the 19th-century bigwigs once hung out. 

But Vienna isn’t all about show. Venture beyond the big-hitters of the Innere Stadt and the Gothic whack of Stephansdom and you’ll find a liveable, loveable capital that moves to its own urban, edgy beat: in parks sprawling along the banks of the Danube, at the MuseumsQuartier , delivering a serious hit of culture in the former baroque imperial stables, and at food markets like Naschmarkt , where Vienna embraces the world in street food and spice. 

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Zell am See

Perfect for dipping into the ravishingly mountainous Hohe Tauern National Park , the cheerful Alpine resort of Zell am See sits smugly on the shores of a bluest-blue lake, buttressed by lofty peaks, including the glacier-capped 10,509ft (3203m) Kitzsteinhorn , where you can embark on a glacier trail, kick back on a snow beach, spend the night in an igloo, and ski well into summer. 

The resort has a real outdoor buzz in summer, with people rocking up to swim, boat, windsurf and stand-up paddleboard on the lake, cycle around or paraglide above it. If you’re a hiker, you’re in for a treat, too: A cable-car zips up to Schmittenhöhe to hook onto the Pinzgauer Spaziergang , one of Austria’s most memorable day hikes, with exhilarating views of the country’s highest peak, 12,461ft (3798m) Grossglockner. The resort also makes a terrific springboard for the Grossglockner High Alpine Road , a head-spinning, helter-skelter drive, with on-high views of waterfalls, lakes, glaciers and a sea of snowy Alps. 

Other Austrian cities flick on the fairy-tale charm, but not Linz . This is where Austria leaps headfirst into the 21st century. With its gaze fixed firmly on the future, this tech-mad trailblazer has an ever-evolving cultural scene, and is making pioneering waves in avant-garde art and architecture, with a flurry of galleries and buildings at the cutting edge of design; all of which helped it snag Unesco City of Media Arts status back in 2014. 

At the top of any itinerary is Ars Electronica Center , zooming in on technology, science and digital media. Here you can interact with robots, animate digital objects, print 3D structures, turn your body into musical instruments and (virtually) travel to outer space. Its over-the-Danube rival is the rectangular glass-and-steel Lentos , a vast repository of modern art, with a stash of Warhol, Schiele, Klimt and Kokoschka originals. Both museums have a face-off of illuminations when they strikingly change color by night.

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Bregenzerwald 

Everyone raves about the mountains of Tyrol and Salzburgerland, but there’s a lesser-known region that deserves a look-in. Huge swathes of Austria's far west, Vorarlberg , remain deliciously off-the-radar, with narrow, silent valleys carving up mighty peaks and forests. It is here that the Alpine heights of the Silvretta-Montafon give way to the wavy hills and lush dairy country of the Bregenzerwald, which in turn fall to the Bodensee (Lake Constance), where Austria rolls into Germany and Switzerland. 

The Bregenzerwald, in particular, is an incredibly peaceful and deeply rural corner of the country to slip off the map for a few days, whether hiking, cycling or cross-country skiing. Roads here unzip through cow-nibbled pastures, passing limestone peaks and one ludicrously pretty timber chalet-lined village after the next. 

The dream is Schwarzenberg, where you can visit the Angelika Kauffmann Museum before lunch in the wood-panelled parlor at Gasthof Hirschen . The village is a highlight on the region’s KäseStrasse (cheese road), linking up cheese-makers, farm shops and Schoppernau’s show dairy .

Bad Gastein

Smuggled away in a wildly romantic valley in the glacier-capped Hohe Tauern mountains, Bad Gastein is an instant heart-stealer, with belle époque villas that evoke the grace of a bygone age clinging to sheer, forested slopes, and a 1119ft (341m) waterfall plummeting over cliffs. Over the centuries the town has beguiled everyone – from beauty-conscious Romans to romantic souls such as Schubert and Klimt and royals like Empress Elisabeth – for the miraculous healing powers of its radon-laced thermal hot springs. 

Today you can take these same waters at the grotto-filled Felsentherme and architecturally innovative Alpentherme baths. Or, for greater impact, go deep into the bowels of the Gasteiner Heilstollen , a medieval gold mine turned health center, to absorb the radon (taster sessions are available), said to cure all manner of ills from arthritis to fibromyalgia. 

One look at the mountains that fling up above the valley and you’ll be itching to head higher. A gondola swings up to 7218ft (2200m) Stubnerkogel , where you can hike across a 459ft-long (140m) suspension bridge for out-of-this-world views deep into the snowy Hohe Tauern peaks, or ski in winter.

The jagged Nordkette Alps rise like a theater curtain above Innsbruck , Tyrol’s knockout of a capital. Here mountains whoosh up above the turquoise Inn River and seem to sneak into every picture. Can’t decide between city and slopes? Here you get the best of both, with a space-age funicular designed by Zaha Hadid winging you up to the Alpine heights of 7657ft (2334m) Hafelekar in mere minutes. 

Innsbruck is perhaps unique in the fact you can spend the morning carving powder, hiking or dashing downhill on a mountain bike, and the afternoon with a serious hit of culture. Begin by wafting around the swanky imperial state apartments of the cupola-topped Hofburg palace. Nearby the Goldenes Dachl catches your eye, a late-Gothic oriel shimmering with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles. But all that glitters here is not gold: just a quick bus hop from of town, Swarovski Kristallwelten in Wattens delivers some serious crystal sparkle.

To ramp up the adventure, head to the neighboring village of Igls for a pulse-quickening ride on the Olympiabobbahn , where you’ll pick up speeds of 68mph (110km/h) as you pinball around 10 curves.

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Salzburg looks freshly minted for Hollywood. From the moment you arrive, you’re forced to gaze up in wide-eyed wonder: at the soaring spires of its brilliantly baroque Altstadt, home to the Residenz palace , where prince-archbishops once held court, and the copper-domed cathedral ; at its high-on-a-hill, 900-year-old fortress, Festung Hohensalzburg ; at the cliffs of 1772ft-high (540m) Mönchsberg flinging up above the city; and at the white-wisped peaks of the Alps that pucker up on the horizon. Walking along the banks of the fast-flowing, turquoise Salzach River, it’s hard to fathom a more perfect city.

Salzburg has churned out many a legend, most notably Mozart, who was born in a bright-yellow townhouse on Getreidegasse, which now harbors a museum that’s an ode to the virtuoso. His high-note-hitting rival is Maria of The Sound of Music  (1965) fame. Boundless tours and bike rides whizz around the film locations, or devise your own self-guided spin of them. 

There’s no avoiding the fact that Salzburg gets swamped in peak season. Give the selfie stick-wielding crowds the slip by taking a spirit-lifting hike along the wooded cliffs of Mönchsberg to Augustiner Bräustübl , a 400-year-old, monk-founded brewery, with Oktoberfest flavor, vaulted parlors, and a 1000-seat beer garden for quaffing foaming beers under the chestnut trees. Or for a breath of fresh Alpine air and trails weaving deep into the mountains, take the cable car up to 6079ft-high (1853m) Untersberg on the border with Bavaria.

There is a certain poetry to the way the Wachau opens up, with orchards and vineyards ribbing terraced slopes staggering down to the meandering River Danube, and trails waltzing through field and forest to medieval castles romantically poised on hillsides. With an exciting food and wine scene, paths that are a joy to explore on foot or by bike, and landscapes that unravel as harmoniously as a Strauss symphony, this stretch of the Danube Valley is so darned scenic that it has been granted Unesco World Heritage status.

The big-hitter culturally is Stift Melk , a twin-spired, onion-domed baroque stunner of an abbey, with a sunny yellow facade and flamboyantly frescoed monastery church. Beyond this, you’ll want to see the fairy-tale that is Dürnstein’s ruined castle , where Richard the Lionheart was locked up in the late 12th century for insulting Leopold V, and the low-key village of Spitz, topped off by the 1000-Eimer-Berg, so-named for its ability to fill 1000 buckets of wine each season. 

Graz and the Styrian Wine Roads

With a castle high on a bluff, an Altstadt that’s a jumble of Renaissance courtyards and baroque palaces hinting at nearby Italy, and some strikingly avant-garde galleries, Graz is an endearingly laid-back, cultured city for dipping deeper into the oft-overlooked region of Styria in southern Austria. 

Using the city as a base, you can easily strike out onto the Weinstrassen (wine roads) that vein the gently rolling hills, flower-stippled meadows, forests and vineyards that carpet the south of the province. With vineyards marching up steep hillsides and even the odd poppy and cypress tree, this is Austria’s answer to Tuscany (minus the crowds) and perfect road trip territory . As you make your way through towns like Leutschach, Ehrenhausen, Gamlitz and Berghausen, you’ll find wineries opening their doors for tastings and farmhouses offering rustic respite. On the last weekend in September, the region pops many a cork at its Weinlesefest (wine harvest festival).

Salzkammergut Lakes

If you’ve ever swooned over a lake scene in The Sound of Music it was probably filmed in the Salzkammergut , a fantasy region of jewel-colored Alpine lakes, wildflower-strewn valleys and peaks topping out near the 9845ft (3000m) mark. Should you only have time to see one lake, make it the sublimely gorgeous one in mountain-rimmed Hallstatt , whose Unesco World Heritage salt mines look back on 7000 years of history and once produced the region’s "white gold". 

But you would be wise to allow longer so you can soak in thermal baths in spa town Bad Ischl, bathe in the warm waters of crescent-shaped Mondsee , follow in pilgrim’s footsteps to Wolfgangsee, and explore the icy underworld of the Dachstein Caves in Obertraun.

While July to early September are ideal for lake swimming (the water can get mighty chilly at other times of the year), you might prefer to visit in the shoulder seasons – spring and autumn are glorious – to escape the throngs and enjoy the lakes at their peaceful best. 

Steyr and Nationalpark Kalkalpen 

So you want to go properly off piste? Upper Austria is the place to do just that. Somehow this region has managed to slip under the tourist radar – and what a shame that is. This province has its own quiet, lingering beauty, with golden wheat fields giving way to patchwork fields and apple orchards that in turn rise to mountains rolling to the Czech border. It’s a joy to explore on foot or by bike, with cycle paths hugging river banks, rambling farms selling homegrown Most (cider) and mellow autumn mists. 

The fairest town by far is Steyr, which composer Franz Schubert called "inconceivably lovely" and used as the inspiration for his sprightly Trout Quintet . At the confluence of the swiftly flowing Enns and Steyr rivers, this pretty town of cobblestones and pastel-hued baroque houses makes a brilliant base for diving into the rest of the region. For hiking, mountain-biking and rock climbing action, the Nationalpark Kalkalpen ’s limestone peaks, gorges, and high moors are within easy striking distance. 

St Anton am Arlberg

In the beginning there was St Anton am Arlberg... In the place where the country’s first ski club was founded in 1901 and downhill skiing was born, the Austrian Alps take a huge leap into wilder heights. Overshadowed by a real beast of a mountain called Valluga (9216ft/2809m), this resort makes even veteran skiers quiver in their boots with some of Austria’s steepest on- and off-piste skiing . The ultimate challenge is the Run of Fame. One of the longest circuits in the Alps, this 53-mile (85km) marathon ski wraps up the entire Arlberg arena and covers 11 vertical miles (18km). With 190 miles (305km) of slopes to pound , the skiing here is the stuff of legend. And the après-ski scene is bonkers – people here like to party as hard as they play.

While winter is the big deal for most, there’s plenty of action in summer too, with hiking trails heading from peak to glorious peak, and adventure pros H2O taking you white water rafting on the fast-flowing Inn River, canyoning in the surrounding gorges, tubing, and mountain biking.

You might also like: From palace to peak: the 10 best things to do in Austria    Austria's national parks are an Alpine playground    18 top things to do in Vienna   

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Holidays in the Austrian Mountains

Stay high above the valley floor.

Summer is the best season for a holiday in the mountains far away from the daily worries. You rather get going! In the mountains, winter can pay you a cold visit quite early in the year. You should be faster.

Far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, you can calm down. Take a deep breath while you’re sitting on the bench in front of the cabin , basking in the autumn sun. Gaze at the spectacular mountain view. Feel energised and alive after a hike. Hiking trails, Alpine huts and mountain cabins are not frequented by tourists in their sneakers anymore. The tiled stove and the sauna have been heated up . A fragrant cup of herbal tea is a warming treat for body, mind and soul . You’ve deserved some relaxation before a long winter begins. 

Austria’s Most Beautiful Mountain Cabins and Chalets

Discover something special.

A holiday in a mountain cabin or chalet in Austria can be described in many ways. What it’s certainly not: ordinary or even dull. The alpine pastures that are dotted with cabins are the perfect antidote to the hectic and noisy life in the valleys. They are some of the few remaining retreats for those who seek tranquility, simple living or immersion in nature .

Choose the place that suits you best. There’s room for you even in the smallest of cabins. Would you like to get cosy in a candle-lit, gnarly cabin and snuggle up in a bed of freshly raked hay? In the morning, you can rub the sleep from your eyes with some icy water from the fountain. Or would you like to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a mountain cabin together with a bunch of friends? The snow shovel is for free. Do you prefer a spacious hunting lodge in the woods or a mountain farm where time seems to stand still? Do you fancy a luxurious break in lofty heights? A holiday in the Austrian Mountains can also look like this: satellite TV, sauna, duvets and a ski lift next door. The fresh, clean air of the mountains with a touch of luxury. Can you think of a better mix?

Tell us, when’s the last time that you saw the bright band of stars, the Milky Way, on a clear night sky? Honestly? You don’t remember? From our mountain cabins and chalets, you can see thousands and thousands of stars. Unspoiled by light pollution , these are some of the best spots for stargazers .

In the mountains, you get a different perspective on many things. You can see the valleys from above. In winter, they are often covered under a blanket of fog. But here, the sun is shining and your sight gazes at the breathtaking panoramic view well above the thick fog. The clean air up here is also something very special. The best thing is getting up in the early morning, stepping out the front door and taking a deep breath . Do you know how it feels? Well, it simply makes your heart sing ! You’ll see!

Paar sitzt in der Sauna | © Michael Stabentheiner

Lorena's Journey

A pinzgauer cow and her way up to the alpine pastures.

Hi, I’m Lorena. I’m a tough Pinzgauer cow and I’m absolutely thrilled! Why? My farmer has allowed me to spend this summer in the mountains again, on the alpine pastures next to the mountain cabin. Last year, he even equipped me with a GoPro camera that he placed right between my two horns! That’s why you can come along on my 2.5-hour hike from the valley up to the mountain pastures - in just 2.5 minutes. What was it like? Find out in the video.

I’m looking forward to meeting you on the alpine pasture!

Yours, Lorena

What Would You Like to Do in the Mountains?

We have the perfect mountain cabin or chalet for every fancy: chalets with spa area, cabins next to the ski slope, modern lodges, redesigned mountain farms or rustic log cabins. There’s self-catering accommodation for all those who want to prepare everything themselves and luxury chalets for those who want to give themselves a treat. Well, are you keen on being the lord or lady of your own manor, or in this case, cabin or chalet? Alright, then. Let’s find your perfect holiday in the Austrian mountains! Spend a memorable time with the whole family, your partner, friends or just on your own.

Frau genießt die Wanderung auf der Alm im Herbst | © Urlaub am Bauernhof Kärnten/ Daniel Gollner

Activity Holidays in the Mountains

Frau genießt die Zeit im Whirlpool | © Urlaub am Bauernhof Kärnten/ Daniel Gollner

Spa and Wellness in the Mountains

Skitour durch den frischen Schnee zur Hütte | © Urlaub am Bauernhof / Daniel Gollner

Winter Holidays in the Mountains

Alter Holzherd auf der Dürsteinalm | © Urlaub am Bauernhof / Daniel Gollner

Traditional Mountain Cabins

Self-catering accommodation.

Where so-called Senner used to spend their summer in solitude, herding the cattle and making butter and cheese from the fresh milk every day, you can now spend your holiday. These former simple dwellings of the alpine dairymen and herdsmen are not in traditional use any longer. They have been renovated and transformed into convenient accommodation .

Some of the mountain cabins have been reconstructed at their original locations, in remote areas of outstanding natural beauty. A number of cabins provides spa areas. There’s one thing that hasn’t changed over time: you need to cater for yourself . There’s no place that offers food or drink nearby. Most of the time, there’s not even a single building within sight. For the majority of guests, that’s not a problem at all. Quite the opposite: that’s exactly what they are looking for! A traditional mountain cabin is one of the few remaining places where you can find authenticity .

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Premium chalets, best chalets for your luxury holiday in the mountains.

With elegant interiors and top-notch amenities, our premium chalets offer more than you imagine when you think of a mountain cabin. Our high-end chalets have it all: creative and stylish furnishings , plenty of space and outstanding, exclusive extras . 

Spa and wellness facilities are a standard for premium chalets. A  sauna plus plunge pool with spring water , an  Infrared sauna  or a  rustic hot tub  heated by the wood-fired stove underneath. Slip into the hot water and count shooting stars on the night sky with your darling. Can it get any more romantic?

The technical features leave nothing to be desired. A premium chalet comes with a lot more amenities than a traditional mountain cabin: vast in number and luxurious in style .    

Premiumhütte Spabereich mit Badewanne und Sauna | © Günter Standl

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Almhütte Bergfried im Schnee | © Urlaub am Bauernhof Kärnten/ Daniel Gollner

Redesigned Mountain Farms

Back in the old days, mountain farms were a common sight in the alpine regions. Over time, a lot of them fell out of use due to different reasons. Some of these former mountain farms have been renovated and redesigned to fit a new use: accommodation for guests. They are mostly located at lower altitudes than our other mountain cabins and chalets which means that they are easily accessible . The picture-perfect scenery is beyond comparison! Travel back in time, soak up history and get a feeling for what life on a mountain farm was like, back then. If only the walls could talk...

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Holidays in a holiday home.

A number of mountain cabins belong to family farms in Austria. A range of holiday homes for you to relax and enjoy your  holiday high up in the mountains . A mountain range of  adventures  awaits you on top.  Authentic travel experiences  and the pure joy of living during your holiday.

Once you check in at one of the holiday homes set in the  most picturesque locations , you become aware of it: With your farm holiday, you’ve  booked a time to relax and rejoice . In a time where tomorrow is almost already yesterday’s story, a lot of people are longing for a break and would like to  take a step back . 

Frau wärmt sich am Ofen auf der Alm | © Urlaub am Bauernhof/ Tom Lamm

All Properties: Find Holiday Homes on Mountain Farms in Austria

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After the holiday in the mountains, everyone is back to how they should be!

Gastgeberin Theresia Bacher mit einem Strauß Almrausch auf der Dürsteinalm | © Urlaub am Bauernhof / Daniel Gollner

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We are Austria’s largest platform for farm holidays . Our offer comprises more than 450 certified mountain cabins & chalets of different categories. Most of them are located in the mountainous heart of Austria, in the federal provinces of Carinthia, Styria, Salzburg, Tyrol and Vorarlberg . A few properties can also be found in Lower Austria and Upper Austria . The accommodation ranges from absolutely remote self-catering cottages at altitudes of 2,000m or more to staffed mountain restaurants where you can savour traditional Austrian cuisine and home-made culinary delights. In every category, there’s a small number of high-end properties. Our premium chalets come with elegant interiors , exclusive comfort and top-notch amenities that you wouldn’t quite expect high up in the mountains. Are you intrigued?

No matter what kind of cabin or chalet you’re looking for - you will find it here, in Austria!

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Book your holiday 100% flexible and risk-free 

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Plenty of space around your cabin and a stunning panoramic mountain view

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Recent magazine articles, stories from the alps, recipes and traditions.

Kinder auf der Kuhweide | © Urlaub am Bauernhof Salzburg / Daniel Gollner

Holidays with a Dog & How to Treat Cattle on the Pastures

Sternenhimmel über der Almhütte auf der Alm in Kärnten | © Urlaub am Bauernhof Kärnten/ Daniel Gollner

Stargazing in the Mountains

Couple sits on the meadow and enjoys the sunset | © Urlaub am Bauernhof Kärnten / Daniel Gollner

7 Ultimate Experiences in the Austrian Mountains

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